What Jesus Did! 'Anguish' — John 13:20-22

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

[To the disciples, Jesus continued,] "I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me."

Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!"

The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean.

— John 13:20-22 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus felt anguish! His caring acts for his disciples were carried out as he battled his own personal anguish. His teaching of truth and service was shared with the disciples who would cause a significant part of that anguish. Think of it: God feels anguish at our betrayals and failures to be loyal to him. It is incredible that the infinite God would expose himself to the pain that could be inflicted on him by finite and mortal people he has made. But, God loves us. He chose to make us and to be involved in our lives. He has given us a choice to accept or reject him. He wants our love only if it is offered freely. No wonder we can cause him anguish! So let's love and serve him without bounds!

Today's Prayer

I am moved, Abba Father, to speechless wonder and awe that you should love me so. I know that I am physically just a speck of dust in comparison to the incredible expanse of your creation. Yet you know me, dear Lord, and it matters to you how I respond to your love. Please know, Father, that I choose to love, honor, and cherish you and live for your glory out of my appreciation of your love. In Jesus' name, I offer my thanks. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 6:5-6
  • Matthew 26:36-46
  • Luke 13:32-35

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Illustration of John 13:20-22 NLT — "I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me."   ——   "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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